Navigation Links
Scientists shine bright new light on how living things capture energy from the sun
Date:7/31/2014

Since Alexandre Edmond Becquerel first discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839, humankind has sought to further understand and harness the power of sunlight for its own purposes. In a new research report published in the August 2014 issue of the FASEB Journal, scientists may have uncovered a new method of exploiting the power of sunlight by focusing on a naturally occurring combination of lipids that have been strikingly conserved throughout evolution. This conservationor persistence over time and across speciessuggests that this specific natural combination of lipids is important for ensuring light capture and conversion.

"We confirmed the properties of individual thylakoid galactoglycerolipid (or glycolipid) classes previously reports as HII forming lipids, but brought to light how these properties are subtly orchestrated in the matrix in which proteins are embedded, as contributing components for the elaboration of the architecture of photosynthetic membranes and its dynamics," said Juliette Jouhet, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire and Vegetale at the Institut de Recherches en Technologies et Sciences pour le Vivant in Grenoble, France.

To make this discovery, Jouhet and colleagues analyzed biomimetic membranes reconstructed with different mixtures of natural lipids, so as to comprehend the contribution of each one of them in the observed biophysical properties. They then analyzed the membranes by neutron diffraction methods. The cohesion between membranes was analyzed by the evolution of the distance between bilayers upon hydration.

"This report helps fulfill the hope of Jimmy Stewart's character, Tony, in 'You Can't Take it with You,'" said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. "Just as he once dreamt of harnessing the process by which grass derives energy from the sun, this rep
'/>"/>

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan
cmooneyhan@faseb.org
301-634-7104
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Scientists discover biochemical mechanisms contributing to fibromuscular dysplasia
2. Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife
3. Scientists reproduce evolutionary changes by manipulating embryonic development of mice
4. 23andMe scientists receive approximately $1.4 million in funding from National Institutes of Health
5. Scientists discover genetic switch that can prevent peripheral vascular disease in mice
6. Scientists discover new, noncommittal mechanism of drug resistance
7. New tools help neuroscientists analyze big data
8. NIH scientists find 6 new genetic risk factors for Parkinsons
9. NYSCF scientists one step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients
10. NYSCF scientists 1 step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients
11. NUS scientists use low cost technique to improve properties and functions of nanomaterials
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/5/2015)... York , August 5, 2015 ... report titled "Facial Recognition Market - Global Industry Analysis, ... the global market for facial recognition is forecast to ... driven by increased demand for surveillance systems by civil ... rising number of crimes and terrorist activities across the ...
(Date:8/4/2015)... (NASDAQ: AMRI ) today reported financial and operating results for ... , Second quarter contract revenue of $ 85.2 ... Adjusted contract margins of 26 % , ... in EPS from royalties in the current quarter , ... are very pleased to present another strong financial quarter, with all ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... de julio de 2015 BGI llevará a cabo ... del 22 al 25 de octubre de 2015, en ... conferencia celebra su décimo aniversario este año. Desde su ... de las reuniones anuales más influyentes del mundo en ... las conferencias científicas más dinámicas, entusiastas y amenas. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Facial Recognition Market Expected to Reach US$ 2.67 Bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5% From 2015 - 2022: Transparency Market Research 2Facial Recognition Market Expected to Reach US$ 2.67 Bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5% From 2015 - 2022: Transparency Market Research 3Facial Recognition Market Expected to Reach US$ 2.67 Bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5% From 2015 - 2022: Transparency Market Research 4Facial Recognition Market Expected to Reach US$ 2.67 Bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5% From 2015 - 2022: Transparency Market Research 5Facial Recognition Market Expected to Reach US$ 2.67 Bn by 2022, at a CAGR of 9.5% From 2015 - 2022: Transparency Market Research 6AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 2AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 3AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 4AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 5AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 6AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 7AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 8AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 9AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 10AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 11AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 12AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 13AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 14AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 15AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 16AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 17AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 18AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 19AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 20AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 21AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 22AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 23AMRI Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results 24La 10ª Conferencia Internacional sobre Genómica (ICG-10) comienza en octubre 2La 10ª Conferencia Internacional sobre Genómica (ICG-10) comienza en octubre 3
... waters, nutrients must be removed in order to avoid eutrophication ... to animal and plant life. Robert Almstrand at the University ... removal of nitrogen from wastewater can be achieved by providing ... low levels of nutrients. The emission of wastewater to ...
... Many adolescents frequently expose their ears to loud sounds, ... may think that ,the doctor said that my hearing ... loud volume,. A new doctoral thesis from the University ... can be used to positively change adolescents, awareness and ...
... the University of California, Davis, have invented a superthin ... "The material itself (say, semiconductor wafers) would break ... of biomedical engineering. He and his fellow researchers have ... thick layer between two surfaces. Pan,s nanoglue, which conducts ...
Cached Biology News:New methods for better purification of wastewater 2Teaching about hearing can save young people's ears 2
(Date:8/27/2015)... ... August 27, 2015 , ... Capital Edge Consulting ... business problems, is pleased to announce their ranking as one of the top 5000 ... the fastest-growing private companies across the nation. , “It is truly an honor to ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... TORONTO , Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - ... Securities Exchange: PBT.U), and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company ... in a Phase I study of BHV-0223, a ... application (IND) regarding BHV-0223 and recently obtained clearance ... to proceed with human testing. Portage holds 54% ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... MENLO PARK, Calif. , Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today ... two investor conferences in the month of September.  ... Officer, will present at Rodman & Renshaw,s 17th Annual ... 10:25am ET/7:25am PT at the St. Regis Hotel in ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... DIEGO , Aug. 27, 2015 HUYA ... annual meeting of the Japan Society of HTLV-1, held ... Institute Auditorium. The purpose of the Society is to ... as the development of medical technology and research related ... and welfare. "HUYA is proud to support ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Capital Edge Consulting Makes Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2Capital Edge Consulting Makes Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies 3Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 2Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 3Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 4Asterias Biotherapeutics to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences 2HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 2HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 3HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 4
... Imaging,Diagnostic Systems, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: IMDS) a pioneer ... CT Laser,Mammography (CTLM(R)) system, designed as an adjunct to ... applications were featured in,a cover story in the September ... was contributed by Eric Milne, MD, FRCR, FRCP, IMDS ...
... (Nasdaq: HALO ), a biopharmaceutical company developing ... announced,that its Board of Directors amended the Rights ... Agreement") in order to increase the ownership,threshold for ... Agreement from a fifteen percent (15%) ownership interest ...
... EDMONTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - BioMS Medical Corp ... multiple sclerosis (MS), today,announced financial and operational results ... "During the quarter, we continued to maintain momentum ... the treatment of multiple,sclerosis," said Kevin Giese, President ...
Cached Biology Technology:New Optical Breast Cancer Imaging Technology Garners Cover Story in National Radiology Magazine 2New Optical Breast Cancer Imaging Technology Garners Cover Story in National Radiology Magazine 3Halozyme Therapeutics Amends Stockholder Rights Plan 2BioMS Medical announces third quarter 2007 results 2BioMS Medical announces third quarter 2007 results 3BioMS Medical announces third quarter 2007 results 4
... DNA Polymerase I from E. ... polymerase. The enzyme also contains ... The 5'?3' exonuclease activity enables ... and gaps in the DNA ...
... E. coli strain containing an overproducing ... M-MLV Reverse Transcriptase catalyzes the polymerization of ... hybrids(1). Full-length copies of large mRNAs, >10 ... has a much lower RNase H activity ...
... template-directed polymerization of nucleotides into duplex DNA ... possesses a 3?5 exonuclease activity or "proofreading" ... DNA replication, and also contains a 5?3 ... replace nucleotides in the growing strand of ...
Request Info...
Biology Products: